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WATCH: RiverFest parties for its purpose

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James Knutson-Kolodzne helps a member of the Oneida Youth Smoke Dancers add a few strokes to the ‘Water is Life’ piece. All visitors were invited to make their own mark on the piece. 2 / 7
Dan Ninham, center, instructs players on traditional Native American lacrosse techniques and equipment during RiverFest on Saturday, July 21. Lacrosse is a sport originally created by Native Americans. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 7
Members of the Oneida Youth Smoke Dancers perform at Lakefront Park Saturday, July 21 as part of the events of RiverFest. The dancers performed several dances before asking the audience to join in on the final two. 4 / 7
Former HHS lacrosse coach Richard Grinstead plays lacrosse with his son Franklin at RiverFest. The two are using traditional Native American sticks from the Dakota and Lakota. 5 / 7
Mermaid Echo tells children about her journey through the St. Croix River to find the source of pollution in the water. She taught the kids ways to save plastic and keep trash from getting into the water as part of the week’s RiverFest events. 6 / 7
Jeff Chapman plays one of the flutes he made during a performance in Lakefront Park for RiverFest. Chapman was one of the performers during the Native American Celebration on Saturday, part of RiverFest. 7 / 7

Hudson's annual "party with a purpose" celebrated throughout the week last week with a variety of events.

RiverFest kicked of with its river clean-up, marking the festival's focus on enjoying and preserving the St. Croix River and the environment. Trash collected from the clean-up used to decorate Scrappy, the festival's fish mascot.

Other events included a fishing derby, hike, presentations at the library, a Native American celebration with games, dances and performances, and Sunday's Civil War encampment at the Octagon House Museum.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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